Tag Archives: cow sculptures

It’s a giant cow invasion in China

Last week, I had not just one, but three people share their cow sightings with me. I found all of them wonderful and I decided I shouldn’t keep them all to myself so I’ll be sharing them with you this week.

I credit today’s cow sighting to Sarsm, who spotted these cows on the BBC news website. These giant cow sculptures are apparently a new attraction in Shanghai, China. Aren’t they beautiful? Should I add I’m really glad that real cows aren’t that big?

Giant cow sculptures in Shanghai, China - Copyright BBC News

Giant cow sculptures in Shanghai, China – Copyright BBC News

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Thanksgiving cows and Black Friday cows

Yesterday a good friend of mine invited us at her house to spend Thanksgiving dinner with her family. The kids were too excited to eat anything but they had a blast while we tried to enjoy some delicious Thanksgiving foods and hold grown-up conversations.

My friend knows about my blog but she never happened to mention she’s got a bull sculpture sitting right on top of her piano! I bet she sees it every day.

Small bull wooden sculpture

Small bull wooden sculpture

To top it all, my son managed to find this baby toy cow and plopped it on the dining table for me to take a picture of. How kind of him.

Baby toy cow rattle

Baby toy cow rattle

This morning we avoided the Black Friday madness and instead went to IKEA to purchase a $10 easel. Yes, $10! Regular price is $15, which is a steal in the first place. This deal was so good we bought two of them, to avoid ongoing battles at home. The kids couldn’t wait to try them out as soon as we got home. First the dry erase side, then the paper roll. Next time, the chalkboard!

While at IKEA, I found animal hand puppets hanging on the wall. We have a few of them at home already, but not this cow. Lovely blue eyes.

IKEA cow hand puppet

IKEA cow hand puppet

By the way, here’s the full selection of hand puppets at IKEA, if you’re interested in them.

Animal hand puppets at IKEA

Animal hand puppets at IKEA

The Cow Parade Austin 2011 is on!

Cow Parade Austin 2011I saw quite a lot of cows today, including one in a PBS episode of Curious George on DVD at dinner time. I have a feeling I’ll get to see the same episode again tomorrow (we all know how much kids love repetition) so you’ve be warned!

Instead of showing you my cow sightings for today, I’d like to use today’s post to feature a super cool event starting tomorrow. It’s the COW PARADE in Austin, TX!

Cow Parade Austin 2011

Cow Parade Austin 2011

 The exhibit consists of 100 cows painted by local artists and put on display throughout the city of Austin, mostly downtown. More cows will be added to the exhibit in August 2011 (I think the organization is still selecting the lucky winning artists). Here’s a sneak peek of the Cow Parade exhibit.

Check out this Cow-maro! Doesn’t it make you want to go there and see them all?

Cow-maro sculpture at the Cow Parade in Austin, TX 2011

Cow-maro sculpture at the Cow Parade in Austin, TX 2011

While browsing the event’s website, I found out the Cow Parade organization also sponsors the creation of “Mini Moos” and “Micro Moos”. Children of most ages are encouraged to create their own cow sculptures, which will be auctioned off. What a great idea to spread exposure to the arts to kids!

If you’re located not too far from Austin, TX, you have until December to view the Cow Parade, with most cows staying on display until the end. And if you’re not, you may have better luck next year when the Cow Parade visits North Carolina (darn it, still too far from me). Somebody please ask them to mooooove this parade to California already!

Rest in peace, butter cow lady

It’s always a sad feeling when you first learn about a special person the week they die. This happened to me today with Norma Lyon, nicknamed Iowa fair’s “butter cow lady”. I wasn’t born and raised in this country and I’ve never spent much time in the Midwest, so I probably have a few excuses for not knowing anything about “Duffy”. But I have to admit this lady was quite amazing!

Norma Lyon, the butter cow lady

Norma Lyon, the butter cow lady

Norma Lyon created her first cow sculpture out of 600 pounds of butter for the Iowa State Fair in 1959. She continued on making cow butter sculptures, as well as other artwork including farm animals, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Smokey Bear and a rendition of the Last Supper. Some words I never thought I’d put all together in a single sentence – quite an ecclectic taste and talent!

Norma Lyon wasn’t the one to invent and create the first butter cow sculpture. The Iowa State Fair had been featuring them since 1911 but she put in her own twist and even trained other artists in butter sculpture in her later years.

Norma "Duffy" Lyon (The Butter Cow Lady) taught Deborah Brown and Barbara Westover how to create a butter sculpture

Norma "Duffy" Lyon (The Butter Cow Lady) taught Deborah Brown and Barbara Westover how to create a butter sculpture

What a fun part of her life it must have been to join the Iowa State Fair every year and introduce new creations out of her 40-degree-cold art tudio! These sculptures really give a whole new meaning to “dairy” cows.

It just occurred to me I should make sure my kids don’t get to see today’s post. I can’t imagine them attempting to create their own butter sculptures in my kitchen…

Cows – a favorite of Gary Larson’s Far Side collection

It’s not every day that I run into a Far Side book by Gary Larson. After all, I don’t own the complete Far Side collection, although I’m sure it equals to hours and hours of laughing fun. 

So when I happened to pick up a Far Side book today and the drawing it starts with is the one below, I knew I couldn’t ignore the signs.

Use of cows in Gary Larson's Far Side books

Use of cows in Gary Larson's Far Side books

 I wonder if anybody ever thought of making stackable cows for the cow parade. Gary Larson would be quite an inspiration for new cows sculptures!